Pursuing Menopausal Zest Retreat


Pursuing Menopausal Zest

—2023 retreat—


Dr. Sherri Hayden and Anne Lyle

September 25 – 27th, 2023 

Nectar Yoga Retreat Centre,

Bowen Island, BC 


What You Will Learn

“There is no greater power in the world than the zest of a postmenopausal woman.”

Women in transition to menopause and beyond face many changes in their body and mind that may result in challenges or frustrations.  In our retreat we introduce women to the neuroscience behind this stage of life and include practical strategies for finding your menopausal zest!

Topics to be covered include:

  • Review biomarker and hormonal factors important for women’s brain and mental health, particularly during transition to menopause and beyond
  • Discuss sex-differences in risk for various neurological and mental health conditions (i.e., dementia, stress-response, depression, and anxiety)
  • Understand the integration of mental health and brain function for women
  • Discuss brain health prevention measures, including the neuroscience of mind-body practices such as yoga, meditation and mindfulness practices

Sample Daily Schedule

9:00 – 9:30 am Morning Centering Meditation Practice
9:30 – 10:30 am Education Session
10:30 – 11:00 am Break & Connect
11:00 – 12:00 pm Yoga Practice/Mindfulness Exercise
12:00 – 1:30 pm Lunch & Connect
1:30 – 3:00 pm Education Session
3:00 – 5:00 pm Free Time (i.e., massages available at extra cost)
5:00 – 6:30 pm Dinner
6:30 – 8:00 pm Free Time (i.e., massage at extra cost)
8:00 – 9:00 pm Restorative/Nidra Yoga Practice


Nectar Yoga Retreat Centre, Bowen Island. We have 13 spots for accommodations and 3 spots for women who would like to attended the retreat but do not wish to stay at Nectar.

About Nectar

Nectar Yoga Retreat is a healing space that sits on 20 acres of forested land on Bowen Island, just a short 20 minute ferry ride from Vancouver. We acknowledge and honour that Nexwlélexwm (Bowen Island) is the ancestral and unceded territory of the Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) Nation.

Our life’s work is the stewardship of this land, to care for and know its forests and waterways. With this as the foundation, Nectar Yoga Retreat draws travelers, leaders, and brands from metro Vancouver and all over the world, offering overnight stays, retreat experiences, and meaningful programs. By holding space for guests to slow down, our intention is to seed consciousness that naturally comes from immersing oneself in the land.

Our modern, Scandinavian-inspired cottages provide the container for an easeful getaway in nature. Rest and recharge among the Alder trees, and vast varieties of Pacific Northwest flora and fauna.

At Nectar Yoga, we hold space for reconnection in an effort to seed consciousness, individually and collectively. We are grounded and inspirited in everything we do. Our guests describe us as peaceful, nourishing, safe, illuminating, and accessible.

Learn more: nectaryoga.ca


$495 – $995. Pricing includes the two-day retreat, accommodations (as noted below), and locally-sourced plant-based meals. Massage therapy is available upon request at an additional cost through Nectar Yoga directly. Please view our accommodation options below for details and registration links.


Payment in full is required to secure your space. Once booked, this retreat is non-refundable.

All prices are in Canadian dollars. Applicable taxes are added at checkout.

*Travel to/from Nectar Yoga on Bowen Island is not included. Please see BC Ferries for schedule and pricing.

Nectar Lodge

Nectar Yoga Dome

Nectar Accommodations

The Deluxe Cottages | Amethyst, Jade and Quartz $950

Though more amenity-rich than the A-frames, our modern, Scandinavian-inspired deluxe cottages were designed with simplistic coziness in mind. Comfy beds, soft linens, fluffy pillows and a reading window seat offer perfect places to snuggle up to a loved one, or with a good book and a warm mug of tea. Wake up and take a luxurious morning shower in the gorgeous bathroom, or take it outside in the steamy, outdoor shower adjoining the bathroom. A covered porch lined with warm cedar perches you with a perfect view of the property’s centrepiece, our magnificent maple and alder grove trees.

  • Sleeps 1-2 guests (we suggest booking with a loved one as the beds are close together)
  • 2 XL twin beds
  • Covered front deck with year-round seating
  • Reading nook with picture window
  • Writing desk
  • Mini fridge, kettle, mugs, assorted teas
  • Ensuite bathroom with indoor and outdoor shower
  • Natural, locally-made toiletries
  • Smart TV and in-room Wi-Fi

The A-Frame Cottages | Sunstone, Jasper and Opal $850

Warm, pine-clad angled walls welcome you at our modernized 60s-throwback A-frames. The comfy beds and luscious linens await your dreams, while the picture window and its lush foliage views await your daydreams. Use the space for creative pursuits, or as a basecamp for a walk in the forest. Rainy day? Sit outside on your covered porch and enjoy the fresh, pine-scented ocean air and the sound of raindrops caressing the old-growth trees.

● Sleeps 1 guest
● 1 double bed
● Covered front deck with year-round seating
● 3 A-Frames share 2 detached bathrooms (10 metres outside walk away), with showers
● Natural, locally-made toiletries
● Wi-Fi available in the Onyx Lodge

The Moonstone Forest Cottages $890

This cottage offers similar amenities as our deluxe cottages with added seclusion. Wake up to sunbeams illuminating the room through the windows before sipping tea on your porch nestled on the edge of our Alder grove. After a day of exploring the Island, a rustic outdoor shower awaits you, stocked with sweet-smelling, natural products to lather on.

  • Sleeps 1-2 guests (we suggest booking with a loved one as the beds are close together)
  • 2 twin beds
  • Private deck
  • Reading chairs
  • Mini fridge, kettle, mugs, assorted teas
  • Ensuite bathroom (toilet and sink inside, shower outside)
  • Outdoor shower (located on the deck)
  • Natural, locally-made toiletries
  • Wi-Fi

The Onxy Lodge Rooms | Amber and Turquoise $780

Large windows capturing the forested views of the property await you in either of these Scandinavian-inspired bedrooms. With a spacious closet for storage, soft linens and warmly-lit bedside lamps, these simple rooms are perfect for our solo travellers. The full bathroom next door includes two sinks, allowing both guests to have their own space in the shared bathroom.
● 1 Double Bed
● Smart TV
● Shared bathroom between both rooms
● Natural, locally-made toiletries
● Wi-Fi
● Clean, non-smoking facility

No accommodations $550

Local residents or participants traveling to Bowen Island each day by ferry.

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